THE WAIRARAPA BALLOON FESTIVAL IS NOW FINISHED FOR 2023
Below is the 2023 programme - which was a must-see family fun event, that took place over Easter, from 6th – 10th April 2023.
The skies came alive during this five-day Wairarapa wide event, with balloonist competitions, joyful and vibrant displays from the balloons overhead.
The morning ascensions were just a taster for the main event - the Night Glow - which took place on Saturday 8th April at Clareville Showgrounds.
Thursday 6th April - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
More FM First Flight – from 6.30am, Masterton.
Thursday 6th April
Burner Light up and Cold Air Balloon inflate – 5.30pm - 7.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Park south of the Skate Park (access near Dixon Street)
Come and meet the balloonists, walk-through a cold air-balloon and watch the burners light up!
Friday 7th April
Mass Ascension – from 6.30am, Carterton
Launch from Carrington Park*.
Saturday 8th April
WBS Meander over Martinborough– from 6.30am, Martinborough
Saturday 8th April - Night Glow - Clareville Showgrounds
Not to be missed! See the action-packed programme here.
Sunday 9th April
WBS Park to Paddock Challenge – from 6.30am, Greytown
Monday 10th April
Farewell Flight – from 6.30am, Greytown Memorial Park.
Pilots and their balloons will take off for the last time in the festival’s finale flight.
*This schedule is subject to change, as ballooning is weather-dependent so decisions can only be made on the day. For the latest weather updates, launch sites and event information, see our Facebook or Instagram page.